Dividing your Calathea is also a good way of maintaining the size of your plant. Cut back on both watering and feeding in fall and winter—during this time of year, your calathea needs no fertilizer at all, and you only need to water it after the soil has had a chance to dry out a little. Although these plants are a little bit fussy and difficult to keep, their beautiful foliage makes caring for and propagating these plants a rewarding endeavor. Both your mother and offspring plants are sensitive to watering. Our lovely cultivar ‘Eclipse’ had blossomed last October and having seen how fabulous its flowers were, we thought it would be wonderful to multiply their presence in our garden. Gently tip your Calathea on its side and slide it out of the pot. You can pot them in a fast-draining all-purpose potting soil with a little extra compost added; a soil mix formulated for African violets can work well, too. Repot in early spring, at which time prayer plant propagatio… 1. You should always propagate healthy plants. Since they need an environment with high humidity to stay happy, calatheas make great plants for your bathroom. Calathea, Maranta and Ctenanthe: These three plants belong to the Marantaceae family also known as the Arrowroot family. Caring for a Red Prayer Plant. Unlike other plants like succulents and Monsteras, Calatheas are propagated by division, like hostas. Plant them in new pots with fresh soil, then keep your new divisions warm, moist, and in as much humidity as possible. In this post I will go through the general care for the Maranta plant and share how to grow it 4 times faster! Thankfully, the process for propagating Calatheas is easy, but you need to be careful not to damage the plant or roots during the process. Move them to a warmer location. Step 1: Prepare an appropriately sized pot with fresh soil. Calatheas with larger, thinner, more delicate leaves, such as Calathea orbifolia, Calathea warscewiczii, and Calathea makoyana are more difficult to successfully propagate and maintain flawless foliage. Calathea are slower growing house plants, so it may take a while for them to reach the size of the mother plant. If the Calathea offspring fail to grow, it could be because they were not divided properly. Locate the points at which leaves will form from the stem. Oh, and my Calathea Leopardina, that is still thriving (despite the odd brown spot on the leaf) despite me over excitedly potting her in a terracotta pot. You’ll want to work with healthy and established mother plants only. You’ll probably only need to divide the plant in two, unless it is a large plant. Be sure to check and add water to the humidifying tray frequently, especially in warmer weather—but never allow the plant to sit in excess water. A lot of Prayer Plants grow good on bright to light shaded places with some morning or evening sun. Water your plant the day before you plan to divide it in order to reduce its stress and promote quicker recovery. Fun facts: Calatheas are part of the Marantaceae family, which includes maranta, stromanthe, and ctenanthe species. With the exception of Calathea crocata, most of them are cultured for their attractive foliage. If you like having your plant at a particular size, propagating by division prevents your plant from growing too large. In the morning, the leaves unfurl in search of the morning sun. Whilst a bit of a challenge to keep looking their best, I can’t get enough of them, and my Calathea collection, or Goeppertia as they are now officially known, continues to grow. When you remove the plant to repot it, you can gently divide the plant where it has created its own natural separations in the roots. 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